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Announcing the Release of LTO-9 Tape Media

LTO tape sellers reveal the expansion of the LTO roadmap to include generations 9 and 10.

A recent announcement by HP, IBM and Quantum, provided insight in the foreseeable extension of the LTO tape product roadmap. The new LTO generation 9 and LTO generation 10 will be a welcome surprise to data hoarder alike. According to the giant tape vendors, LTO-9 will offer up to 25 TB of native capacity and LTO-10 will offer 48 TB native capacity.

Previous reports have shown that transfer rates are expected to increase at a much larger rate than previous LTO generations. LTO-9 and LTO-10 will have transfer rates of 708 Mbps and 1,100 Mbps. In comparison, the earlier generation LTO-6, offers a native transfer rate of 160 Mbps, with LTO-7 at 315.2 Mbps and LTO-8 at 472 Mbps.

Even more so, both new generation LTO tapes will include read-and-write backwards compatibility with tapes from the previous generation and read compatibility from the previous two generations. The new generations will also continue to support LTFS, WORM functionality and encryption.

lto road map
Courtesy: HPE

What are experts saying about this announcement?

Back in 2010 when LTO6 was introduced to the market (wow time flies) some had remarked they were in favor of transfer rates not increasing at such a rapid rate like they did with generations before LTO6. Others mention that the LTO tape transfer rate increases in the new road map are in direct correlation to higher densities on the tape itself.

Another added that although disk storage is where most IT organizations currently base their data protection efforts, the continuation of the LTO roadmap should stimulate confidence among users of tape media and for the future of tape technology.

The roadmap adds certainty as much as capacity, which is essential to people investing in long-term data storage and retention.

It goes without saying that tape media in general has uses even outside long-term data storage, data mobility, and data recovery. As the longevity of the LTO roadmap continues and tape’s new uses gain recognition, backup storage vendors and storage management retailers will need to take notice that modern tape could be the answer to additional tiers of storage beyond what disk can offer.

4 Data Storage Trends to Watch for in 2020

4 data storage trends to watch for in 2020

Cloud, flash memory and SaaS led data storage market in 2019. We look ahead at how these and others will play out in 2020.

Over the past year we saw new storage purchasing methods, different shapes for cloud storage, and even faster flash. From the looks of it, we can expect those trends to develop faster in 2020.

Storage as a Service

The development of storage as a service is one data storage movement that’s hard to ignore, as all major vendors offer it as an option. Purchasing on demand allows enterprises to switch capital expenditures to an operational expenditure.

In 2019, both Dell and NetApp entered the as-a-service market in big ways. Dell’s On Demand and NetApp’s Keystone started in an attempt to catch up to those already employed by IBM, Pure Storage and HPE.

Even though, Pure Storage began offering their on-demand buying model in 2015, they rebranded that program in 2019 to Pure Storage as a Service. HPE began HPE GreenLake in 2018 and has since vowed to offer all of its products as a service by 2022.

storage as a service

On-Site Cloud Providers

One if the fastest growing data storage trends to watch for in 2020 is the movement of public cloud services on-site, while data center suppliers speed up their push to offer services in the cloud.

In fact, array vendors have supported cloud tiering for years. Originally, this meant providing a plugin for replicating snapshots or archiving cold data to the public cloud.

Major cloud storage providers have flipped the script and now want an expanded role inside the data center.

Amazon Web Services introduced AWS Outposts. AWS Outposts is a cloud system designed for positioning itself as an on-site storage service. Essentially, the machines sit behind a firewall to constantly transfer data between local storage and the cloud.

As recently as last year, Google released its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) available to build and manage services, either in the hybrid cloud or on clustered local nodes.

on site cloud

Memory and Storage Come Together as One

Persistent memory is a second data storage trend that continued to explode last year. Intel Optane SSDs launched into the market in April 2019 and storage vendors wasted no time jumping on the new technology.

Dell, HPE, and Pure Storage took advantage.

  • Dell EMC rejuvenated its PowerMax SANs with Intel Optane SSDs in order to handle reads and migrate hot data.
  • HPE injected Optane SSDs in the 3PAR all-flash flagship as a read cache.
  • Pure Storage introduced Optane-based DirectMemory cards for its FlashArray block storage.

Intel form factors include the Intel Optane DC persistent memory dual inline memory module (DIMM) and dual-ported Optane SSDs. Intel DIMMs will help push storage class memory (SCM) closer to the majority. In October 2019, Micron introduced its 3D XPoint-designed XT100, a competitor to Intel Optane.

NVMe Fabrics Hitched to Low-Cost NAND

Advances in NVMe flash continued in 2019. Although, development of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) continues to be a work in progress. NVMe network fabrics are a critical component of the NVMe flash ecosystem as they minimize latency between servers and storage arrays.

nvme works
Courtesy Samsung

In 2020, look for storage vendors to bring out multi-tiered arrays that make use of NVMe flash, quad-level cell (QLC) NAND SSDs and traditional SAS and SATA SSDs in the same system. Manufacturing of new quad-level cell (QLC) NAND SSDs is beginning to escalate, but the low-cost flash is emerging on vendor roadmaps.

 

These are just a few of the data storage trends that consumers should be aware of in the start of a new decade. One can also anticipate unforeseen advances and innovation have an impact on storage technology in 2020.

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